From Giuseppe Tucci's diary 1934-1935

Of the events and outcomes of the journey through one of the most inhospitable and rugged lands of Asia, it is recounted in this humble diary. Its aim is to recall the most remarkable things of every visited place and to serve as a guide for those fortunate travelers who shall have the opportunity to follow my footsteps and complete my research.

I would like to add that my travel diary is not just a quest for the past, a discovery of vanished civilizations, or a reconstruction of ancient events. It is also, and perhaps above all, a document of cultures that are evolving. 

When Tibet, either by its own free choice or due to the historical events that are unfolding, is forced to live in new economic and social conditions, when its monasteries are less frequented, and modern communication routes bring not only the various provinces of the country but also the Roof of the World closer to neighbouring nations, Tibetan culture runs the risk of changing, becoming something else, and losing some of its esoteric aspects. 

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